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Taiwan Church News

3307 Edition

July 13 - 19, 2015

Editorial

 

Tan Ting-pho Is Back

 

A few days ago, during a theft news broadcast on TV about the lost paintings of Tan Ting-pho, a distinguished painter and a 228 massacre's victim deceased for decades, Taiwan public got quite a shock when the TVBS anchor commented naturally that "This [theft] case also made Tan Ting-pho himself very nervous". Though some people said this was simply an inevitable oral mishap in live news, which cost two weeks' suspension of that TV anchor, yet what emerged during this event was the deliberately suppressed Taiwan history and a crooked and cheating Chinese culture expressed by Confucius: "The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this."

 

Who is Tan Ting-pho? That very curriculum guide, in the days when this TV anchor was educated, must haven't say anything about Tan. If it were not the passionate efforts by some diligent compatriots, crying out loud to cultivate the history consciousness of Taiwanese subjectivity, how can we know Tan Ting-pho is an extremely important Taiwan painter?  During his short life span, as a Ka-gi city council member, Tan took part into the public affairs actively. Not long after the 228 massacre event broke out in 1947, Tan was shot dead publicly in front of Ka-gi train station, during his zealous efforts to negotiate the peace between Ka-gi citizens and KMT troops.

 

Tan Ting-pho is back. But, he is back due to the ignorance of the people. How many Taiwan heroes sacrificed and martyred like Tan Ting-pho are still buried unknown in the dark corners of Taiwan history! We want to say: Young men, stand up to strive for your curriculum guidelines which should be clearly specified for your generation!

 

If ignorance can be excused and pleaded non-guilty, then an intentional lying should be condemned at least, right?! Reflecting the Presidential election around 2008, the media launched a blanket coverage monitoring the family details of President Chen Sui-bian, even reporting vividly about his families' money-laundry of 700 million NT$ overseas. Aren't such media reports fabricating? A semi-contest for story-telling?  When the Special Investigation Division closed this case without any criminal evidence, did any one say sorry to President Chen? Care about him? Or, were we expecting next political soap opera to continue our gossip as usual?

 

Not to mention the anarchistic evening of 2004 Presidential votes counting: to compete TV rating point, which could be translated into a price list for TV advertisement, most TV stations arbitrarily dumping ballot numbers on their screens to satisfy TV audience and their preferred candidate, regardless of the actual ballots numbers collected in the Central Election Committee. And such irresponsible incitement not only deceive the public, but also resulted into quite a period of political instability in Taiwan.

 

Blessed are the happy students of Vienna primary school! When they are led by their teachers to visit their rural chateau, urban relics and famous sites, what they know first are always about their own people, events, things and histories. When these children shuttle between city street and electric bus, you can be assured that their knowledge about the world are build upon concrete experiences. So, when your children are taught in school about the story of Tsai Lun, who invented the paper in China, please do not forget to tell him Taiwan Church News have published news in Taiwan for 130 years.

 

May we make a deep reflection about ourselves, when we critically criticized the fake-fabricating culture of the media and the absence of Taiwanese subjectivity inside the illegal curriculum guidelines, if the ministry of Taiwan Church News is built up with truth with faithfulness? If we still stick to the spirit of evangelical enthusiasm? If the spirit of Ecclescia Semper Reformada Est is illuminated in our ministry? If we care about for neighbors and revere our Lord?

 
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3307 Edition

July 13 - 19, 2015

Headline News

 

Celebrating PCT 150, Kiau Church Pledges To Bring The Blessings To Her Community

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

Being the first evangelical church established in Taiwan, Kiau church of the Kaohsiung presbytery held her 150th anniversary memorial service on July 12. Except commemorating the missionary enthusiasm of Dr. James Laidlaw Maxwell and the generous offer of the Elder Chou Ray, Rev. Yu I-fon, pastor of Kiau church, encouraged the congregation forgetting the past glory and rushing forward to become a church rooted for the community.

 

Instead of a luxuary and showy thanksgiving service, the 150th anniversary memorial service in Kiau church maintained her naive and simple style as usual. "What kind of stuff can be left after a two hours' gorgeous service?", asked the practical Rev. Yu in a sceptical tone. Therefore, for the ministry of the juvenile, the children and the evangelical vehicles, the offerings collected in the memorial service were transferred into the account of mission foundation of the Kiau church.

 

During his sermon, Rev. Yu encouraged the congregation to keep a refreshing mind in faith and work without being constrained by good old days' glory. "We can become an influential, attractive and inspirational church", urged Rev. Yu to his audience.

 

"God gave Kiau church two precious gifts", said Rev. Yu. The first gift was the gospel preached to Taiwan by Dr. James Laidlaw Maxwell in 1865; the second gift was the generous offer by Elder Chou Ray. In 1916, due to the construction for Tainan Sin Lau Hospital, the council of Tainan Missionaries decided to sell the land of current Kiau church to meet the financial demand of  that engineering. It was fortunately, through the offering by Elder Chou, that the land of current Kiau church could be kept intact.

 

Based on the scriptures of Genesis 12, the story of God's calling of Abraham, and John 6, the story of feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish, Rev. Yu inspired the congregation to become the blessings of the community and share what the church have with our neighbors.

 

Kidin, a small fishing village with many temples, is the community where Kiau church locates. Many local residents still feared to step into church, due to some taboos from their folk religions, yet amazingly they would send their children into the church to attend Sunday school or summer camps activities. Now the children attending Kiau church's activities have reached about 100 kids. Rev. Yu expected the children could top 100 in the coming school's opening season.

 

Four youth from Synod Mizoram of Presbyterian Church of India, under the project of EYEP-PCI, attended and witnessed this 150th anniversary memorial service of Kiau church with the other two Taiwanese volunteer co-workers. They also visited the memorial hall of Elder Chou Ray to learn more about the missionary history in Taiwan.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 
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July 13 - 19, 2015

Church Ministry

 

Though Short Of Fund, An Early Intervention & Inclusive Education Center Is Started At Tainan

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

To start an early intervention and inclusive education as soon as possible, Father Brendan O'Connell of Bethelehem Foundation decided to build a four-story building for the disabled children. Though still short of fund, a ground breaking ceremony was held at the Hsueh-jia district of Tainan on July 7. Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-der and the Catholic Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan were invited to witness this significant event.

 

Seeing Bethlehem Foundation expressed their thanksgiving by tying a red butterfly knot on the wrist of every paricipant, Mayor Lai Chin-der, who donated NT$ 5 million from his own election subsidy for this building, expressed emotionally that in fact he is the man who should give the most high appreciation and salute to Father Brendan O'Connell for his 52 years' relentless service for the disabled children in Tainan. Mayor Lai wished more children could be blessed and cared after this center is finished.

 

Ms Tsai Ing-chu, Chief Executive of Love Hope Foundation, reported that an estimated budget of this Early Intervention & Inclusive Education Center was about NT$ 108 million. Deducting the already raised money of NT$ 88 million, the remaining NT$ 30 million are scheduled to be raised during the construction interval. After the blessing of Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan, the invited guests and the children of Merciful Mother Kindergarten shoved the soil together and wished the construction smooth and well.

 

The Bethlehem Foundation, which is a Catholic social welfare institute, aims to provide services to children with developmental delays under the age of six, in an inclusive educational program and accompany their parents in the acceptance of one another. With the public's support, in March 1997, the Bethlehem Foundation was registered as a legal person. Father Brendan O'Connell, as a pioneer of inclusive education for the disabled children in Taiwan, expects to motivate the foundation's service to these children and parents, bringing them power and hope while at the same time foster the public's recognition and acceptance.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Father Brendan O'Connell(standing center, white hair), Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan(center, red hat), Tainan City Mayor, Lai Chin-der(squatted in suit with smiles), Ms Tsai Inn-chu(next to Mayor Lai) and the children with their parents shoved the soil each to start building this significant Early Intervention and Inclusive Education Center at Hsueh-jia District of Tainan City on July 7, 2015.

 
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July 13 - 19, 2015

Church Ministry

 

Supported By Business Corporations, Students Of Happy Mount Colony Show Their Talents

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

After Mrs. Chang Jia-fan inaugurated in March as the President of Happy Mount Colony(HMC), a social welfare nursing home for the disabled, she started to develop a reciprocally philanthropic relationship with business corporations.

 

On July 3, HMC and Kaulin Foundation, a global leader in manufacturing industrial sewing machine, jointly held a press conference launching a charity project - "Sew Love So Love" - in order to help the disabled to show their talents via sewing and painting. On July 9, intending to remind Taiwan society about her social welfare and nursing ministry, HMC also announced to cooperate with a Hong Kong agent of famous English shoes brand - Clarks: when every pair of Clarks shoes purchased in Taiwan, NT$ 100 would be donated by Kong Tai Sundry Goods Co., Ltd and remitted to HMC.

 

Chang Jia-hsin gave her appreciation to both Kaulin Foundation and Clarks(Taiwan) for their special care and love toward the disabled children in HMC, as HMC is not well known and quite remote from Taipei city. Especially, Kaulin Foundation is appreciated for her long term promise to assist with facilities and resources, facilitating 49 disabled students and 9 teachers to cultivate their sewing capabilities and painting innovation. Chang believed, because of love from so many engaged parties, the students of HMC could learn with great encouragement to show their talents in future.

 

At present, there are 132 disabled students in medium or heavy extent in HMC. The annual budget for HMC is NT$ 6 million, deducting 43% financed by government anf 7% from the students, still 50% of budget needs to be raised from the public. For the readers or corporations, who are willing to help HMC, either you can go to the website of "i giving" and donate NT$ 300(about US$ 10) per month, or you are welcomed to join HMC volunteer services, like photograph, art design and etc. For details, please contact by telephone: 02 - 2610 1643 ext. 6125.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Supported by Kaulin Foundation, students Of Happy Mount Colony showed their talents in the press conference - "Sew Love So Love" - on July 3, 2015.

 

Photo by Happy Mount Colony

 

 
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July 13 - 19, 2015

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As Monsoon Comes, PCT Plans To Help Nepal Quake Victims With Technology And Medicare

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

Regarding Nepal earthquake, occurred on April 25, it is estimated by local government that the death toll was above 7,500 people at least and over 15,000 people were injured. To offer a more integrate support to Nepal's quake victims, Christian Conference of Asia(CCA) held a round table meeting from June 30 to July 1 in Bangkok, inviting her member churches to figure out how to help Nepal with materials and resources in the quake aftermath.

 

To understand the current status of this devastating earthquake impact, Rev. Lin Wei-lien, PCT Secretary of Church and Society Committee, together with representatives from Korean and Indian Churches flew to Nepal on July 2. It is found that there were still lots of refugees lived outside in the temporary tent or metal-sheet hut.

 

As the rainy seasons of monsoon is impending for Nepal, many collapsed areas after quake are potentially to be inflicted with landslides. PCT, therefore, plans to support Nepal with a Japanese agricultural technique, named as "Santoyama Method", which can not only prevent mudslides and floods but also conserve the land soils.

 

In the mean time, to cater the demands of artificial limbs of devastated earthquake victims, a medicare expert team is also considered to be sent by PCT. As these technology support and medical aids will be finalized by CCA in a meeting at the beginning of August, Dr. Hsu Victor Wan-chi - PCT Associate General Secretary -  is expected to attend and reach a final decision there.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Three months later, still lots of Nepal earthquake victims and refugees lived outside in the temporary tent or metal-sheet hut.

 

Photo by Lin Wei-lien

 
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Taiwan Church News

3306 Edition

July 6 - 12, 2015

Editorial

 

Thinking Things Expected And Unexpected From The Tragedy Of Water Park Inferno

 

In the evening on June 27, an inferno was erupted at a "Color Play Asia" party within Formosa Fun Water Park in New Taipei City. Up to now, 8 people died and about 500 people burnt or injured. Since the flood and casualties brought by Morakot typhoon in 2009, this water park inferno is the biggest disaster in Taiwan injuring so many people. There are still over 200 patients treated at Intensive Care Unit(ICU) and over one hundred patients are dying.

 

From this tragic inferno, it made us felt that people always want to live a life that could be expected in order to control the future and destiny. But, no matter how detailed we plan for the future, or whatsoever a successful formula repeatedly experienced in our past, chances are the things unexpected will always slip in. As a matter of fact, we people as human being are unable to stop the things unexpected. So, when the accident comes across, not only our mind run into a mess, but also our heart got broken and grieved when the  casualties increased.

 

Things always change without a common outlook, and the messages never stop short of transforming, the things unexpected are hard to predict. If we can control it, there should be no more accident. And all things are pre-determined, aren't they? We believe no body would allow their most loved ones to be injured or died in the accident, yet such things unexpected would just keep happening without any warning in our daily lives. Therefore, when the accident happens, it is a moment to test our spiritual strength and wisdom; when the moment beyond the limit of rationality comes, we have to face it by faith.

 

It cannot be denied that, if the impact of the accident is huge, people are difficult to be comforted. But, if we can "arrange" our life plan in advance, like writing a will to obey God's lead, even the time unexpected comes, we have already seen the things expected with a strength, courage and peace!

 

It is well known that many biblical scholars thought Ecclesiastes is written by Solomon, when he was  the king of the late Israelite dynasty. In fact, fatalism is not the theme what Solomon pursued in the book of Ecclesiastes. Rather, the author of Ecclesiastes proclaimed that the sovereignty of life is in the hand of God. God is the Lord of our life! Only obey God's order and follow his lead, no matter how long or short our lifespan are, our life could become meaningful.


 
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